Trichocereus schoenii | Live plant

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A rather rare columnar cactus from the Peruvian Andes! Live plant.

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Trichocereus schoenii | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis schoenii)

Freaky Cacti is ultra-excited to have this one in our shop; Trichocereus schoenii, a beautiful cactus originating from southern Peru. Available (in limited quantity) as live, well-rooted plants.

Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to find that much information about Trichocereus schoenii (synonymous with Echinopsis schoenii) during our research so far, other than that it’s found in Peruvian locations, such as Arequipa and the Andean cliffs of Colca Canyon (one of the deepest canyons in the world), and is considered exceedingly rare by most cactus collectors. It’s named in honour of a Mr. E. Schön, who helped fund several cactus expeditions in his home region of Arequipa. Our original mother plant for the type listed here came to us as a cutting from an excellent Spanish grower, but (at the time of writing) we’ve recently sown seeds from several other collections of this species too, so hopefully one day soon we can share more genetics!

Trichocereus schoenii has been described by enthusiasts and vendors alike as resembling the related Trichocereus santaensis, as well as sometimes being sold as Trichocereus cuzcoensis or Trichocereus knuthianus. True schoenii is noted to be columnar in habit, typically forming seven or so ribs and with comparatively lengthy spines (up to roughly eight-centimetres). As with the majority of Trichocereus species, this one’s flowers are reported to be white, although we’ve not yet witnessed them bloom ourselves.

Based on the relatively short time we’ve been privileged enough to grow it, schoenii seems an easy and rewarding cactus species in cultivation – we treat ours like its close relatives Trichocereus cuzcoensis, Trichocereus peruvianus, etc. Essentially, this means planting in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (we use up to fifty-percent perlite in ours), positioning somewhere receiving full sun to partial shade and avoiding frost. Water your plants regularly over the warmer months, but only as the top few centimetres of soil mix dry out (to avoid inducing rot or other unwanted issues). We prefer to lightly fertilise all our cacti two or three times each year (again, during the warmer months) for optimal growth.

Take your chance to add another rare and delightful Trichocereus cactus species to your collection…

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1 review for Trichocereus schoenii | Live plant

  1. Christopher K. (verified owner)

    Super rare and notchy landrace!

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